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Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Katrina gets government help in destroying lives
have been living in a fema camper since November 2005 due to Katrina. I had a Sharper Image Ionic Breeze Quadra air cleaner running all the time, I keep one window open all the time and hang a blanket over the screen door with the main door open, summer and winter. Things were iffy, I got sick a lot but got over it each time. Now the air cleaner has quit working and I am going downhill quickly. I have a raging sore throat all the time which improves when I am not in here. I'm exhausted all the time. Not just tired, EXHAUSTED. I can't think clearly most of the time. I've had skin rashes galore. My eyes water and burn the entire time I'm in this camper and I wake up with them just about glued shut every morning. My vision has deteriorated considerably since the storm, but I'm not sure if that's from the camper or not. I'm constantly coughing up God knows what kind of pestilence, my sinuses are just shot. I have no money to go to the doctor, so I'm just stuck. My house is still gutted and will probably not be fixed for several more years. The grant program put my well over 90% damaged house at 62% damage and try as I might, I could not make the money cover it all, so I have almost everything I need to fix it, just can't get past the open inspection or pay for labor or continually renewing the permits. With that being the case, I have little hope of getting out of this thing any time soon. The stress of trying to work to pay my bills, take care of the million things you have to do to rebuild a house and being sick all the time is taking its toll. I am alone, there is no one to do any of this but me. This is looking more and more like a no-win situation. What Katrina didn't take at the start, she's getting now, because there isn't enough of me left to take care of it all. I just didn't think she was going to be getting all this government help!